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District 65 School Board Welcomes New Member


Marquise WeatherspoonAt the June 7, 2021 Working Board Meeting, the District 65 School Board welcomed Marquise Weatherspoon as its newest member. Ms. Weatherspoon will fill the vacancy left by Rebeca Mendoza who resigned her position, effective April 28, 2021.

The Board observed a thorough, timely process in seeking candidates to fill the vacancy. An application was open from May 3 - May 21, 2021 which resulted in the receipt of seven completed applications from a diverse group of community members. The Board interviewed applicants on June 1, 2021.

“We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome to the Board a leader with a wealth of fiscal and advocacy knowledge and lived experience in D65 and Evanston/Skokie at large as both an alumni and parent,” said Anya Tanyavutti, Board President. “Ms. Weatherspoon's depth of and variety of knowledge are an excellent complement to this governing body and the priorities ahead for D65 to address the gap in opportunity to achieve for racially/ethnically marginalized students and students with IEPs as well as resolution of the structural deficit.” 

Marquise Weatherspoon is a third generation Evanston native, a product of the D65 school district, and a single mother with four children that have been, or are currently students in the district. Marquise holds a degree in Business Accounting and currently has a career in sales and customer service. She also serves as President of Advocates for Action, treasurer of Chute PTA, and as a minister at Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Marquise advocates for the acceptance and equity of all children, believes in cultivating systems that sustain family wellbeing and stability, and would like to elevate access to information for all of the District 65 community.

“This appointment is a privilege for me and my family echoes my excitement in joining this great leadership team. I promise my community that I will bring my lived experiences, love for all children, my grit and determination to my work on this Board,” said Ms. Weatherspoon. “I am committed to cultivating an equitable, safe and inclusive environment for all of the students, faculty members and families of the diverse Evanston/Skokie School District 65 system. It was this dedication and the support of my community that afforded me this opportunity. Prayerfully, it will be what will guide me through and help me to build successful outcomes for our children. History is watching and I am eternally grateful for the future that is dependent on me.”

Ms. Weatherspoon’s term will run through the April 2023 election.